Recently I have been having issues with a couple of people commenting on my blog. One has been posting stupid things that are completely irrelevant to the posts, the other has been aggressive and seemingly spoiling for a fight. I am tired of constantly deleting the first individual and trying to engage with the second. I have permanently deleted their comments and blocked them so hopefully there won’t be any more; if you see anything you think I need to look at please let me know via Twitter (@SamCandour).
I am not doing this because I want to stifle debate. On the contrary I enjoy a good discussion and am happy to concede if I am wrong, misinformed or there is something that I haven’t considered. What I am no longer prepared to do is respond to critical comments, only for the criticism to shift to another angle once the original has been dealt with and dismissed. This is unnecessary and uncivil and I have deleted these comments because frankly I can no longer be bothered to correct the individual concerned.
Some may think this heavy-handed but I have opted for doing it so that I don’t need to moderate every single comment before it appears on the blog. Most people who respond to my posts do so thoughtfully and courteously, even when they are arguing against me, and I don’t want to remove the trust I have that people will continue to comment in this way. So please continue adding your thoughts and comments, they make this blog.